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Legend of Birds Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Nature

Legend of Birds

Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Nature

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This 1962 National Film Unit short uses the relationship between Māori and manu (birds) as a platform to celebrate New Zealand bush birds — from food source and key roles in myth, to their general character. Legend of Birds was filmed on Kāpiti and Little Barrier Islands. Many of the images were captured by noted nature photographers Kenneth and Jean Bigwood, and the score is by composer Larry Pruden. The narration includes a rap-style tribute to the  kākā parrot: “squarks about his indigestion, population and congestion … politics the current question”.

Key Cast & Crew

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Kenneth Bigwood

Camera

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Philip McHale

Editor, Writer - Commentary

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Oxley Hughan

Supervisor, Writer

He has a tui’s throat the Māoris used to say, to praise a speaker.
– Narrator Paul Ricketts